- The Nigerian Governors Forum calls for punishment of all those involved in the siege to the National Assembly
- Chairman of the forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, describes the conduct of the security operatives as an aberration
- He warns against future actions by security agencies which could plunge the country into confusion
The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has condemned the Tuesday, August 7, siege to the National Assembly by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS).
Chairman of the forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, in a statement on Wednesday, August 8, called for the punishment of all those involved in the siege.
Speaking through the head of media of the NGF, Abdulrazaque-Bello Barkindo, the forum described the conduct of the security operatives as an aberration, Premium Times reports.
It said the siege on the National Assembly was a despicable action that challenges the core of the nations democracy and threatened Nigeria’s existence.
Governor Yari Abubakar described the National Assembly as the bastion of democracy, noting that an attack on the Assembly is an attack on the collective conscience of the country at large.
He warned against future actions by security agencies which could plunge the country into confusion.
Meanwhile, reports have emerged that sacking of Lawan Daura, the director general of the Department of State Service (DSS), by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo was reportedly done with the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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According to Sahara Reporters, the decision to sack Daura was taken at about 4am on Tuesday, August 7, and Osinbajo secured Buhari’s approval before making the decision public.
The newspaper said anonymous sources confirmed that Daura ordered Tuesday’s DSS siege to the National Assembly in order to whip up public sentiments for Senate president Bukola Saraki.
It was alleged that Osinbajo who is currently the acting president and chief security officer of the country was not consulted before the deployment of DSS operatives to the National Assembly.
The police had also been reportedly told to deploy its men but the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, rejected the offer, saying there was no threat to security at the National Assembly.
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